We were idealists. We thought that when we got the
vote the whole pattern of politics would be greatly
improved and would be dominated by women.
Idealist, our goal has always been to help people
turn their good intentions into action"
is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act.
To act is to affirm the worth of an end,
and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes
connects people, organizations, and resources
to help build a world where all people can live free and
believe that hope for the future depends on each of
us taking nonviolence into our hearts and minds and
developing new and imaginative structures which are
nonviolent and life-giving for all. Some people will
argue that this is too idealistic. I believe it is
very realistic. I am convinced that humanity is fast
evolving to this higher consciousness. For those who
say it cannot be done, let us remember that humanity
learned to abolish slavery. Our task now is no less
than the abolition of violence and war .... We can
rejoice and celebrate today because we are living
in a miraculous time. Everything is changing and everything
have to be an optimist and say that it might get better.
I am a mixture of idealist and realist."
"Sometimes older folks tell me: 'I was idealistic
and thought I could change the world once, too, but
then I grew up.' I'm trying to help us change our
definition of growing up, so that it ceases to mean
giving up on our ideals, and comes to mean learning
how to live our dreams, every day, on the Earth. I
want to awaken the passion and creativity of youth,
combine it with the wisdom, experience and insight
of elders, and transform our world."
The idealists dream and the dream is told, and the practical
men listen and ponder and bring back the truth and apply
it to human life, and progress and growth and higher
human ideals come into being and so the world moves
idealist who tries to join the Peace Corps
must realize he is not going to change the world overnight.
developed world has a vast, under-utilized asset that is
not being leveraged to its best advantage: idealistic people
who want to make the world a better place. For most of a
century, idealistic people have been encouraged to use anger,
protest, lobbying, and legal action in order to make the
world a better place. While most certainly some of these
behaviors and activities were necessary, we have reached
the point at which the social benefit of such behaviors
is decreasing. We have reached the point at which creation,
rather than attack, ought to be the first obligation of
reformers. The social entrepreneurship movement is the first
tip of this iceberg. We want to create a world in which
all idealists realize that the creation of new enterprises
is the most powerful way to make positive change in the
world. If all the energy that is currently invested in zero-sum
political conflict was gradually transferred to the committed
creation of sustainable enterprises, the cumulative impact
on behalf of the good would be extraordinary.
-- Michael Strong
think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse
idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The
world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's
practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive
as a human species. That's very realistic.